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Rise in Bedbug Violations Pits Landlords Against Tenants

(DNAINFO)  Amy Zimmer | May 3, 2016 — Sometimes tenants are worried about chemicals; sometimes landlords have to force tenants to let them in.

While the number of bedbug complaints has been on the decline in New York City, the number of violations the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development has issued to landlords over the pests has been on the rise — and the headaches the insects cause for landlords and tenants continue to swell.

In the fiscal year of 2015, bedbug complaints were down more than 3.5 percent from the year before, according to HPD data. But bedbug violations were up nearly 5.5 percent from the year before.

The onus is on landlords to cover extermination costs, and some tenants have to fight their landlords to get them to respond at all when there is a possible infestation — taking them to court for ignoring such complaints.

Source: Rise in Bedbug Violations Pits Landlords Against Tenants – Hell’s Kitchen & Clinton – DNAinfo New York